The Board

Chair and Executive Director – Matthew Turner

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Matthew Turner is Chair and Executive Director of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights. He is a practising barrister in London and has a broad common law practice, including personal injury, clinical negligence and property damage​.

He previously worked as a solicitor specialising in commercial disputes, but has extensive experience of public interest and human rights work. Having spent a year in Texas defending death row inmates, he has a particular interest in the rights to life and to a fair trial, as well as international human rights. Matthew has also worked at Liberty and volunteered for a wide range of charities, including Amicus, Fair Trials International, Age Concern Birmingham, Working Chance, and Together for Short Lives.

He studied law at the University of Nottingham and the University of Texas at Austin.


Non-Executive Director – Charlotte Blackbourn
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Charlotte is a trainee solicitor, currently working in public and regulatory law. She also has experience in immigration and charity law. In 2015 Charlotte volunteered in a death penalty appeals office in Mississippi. She studied French law in Bordeaux and has a degree in European Law from the University of Warwick.


Non-Executive Director – Stephen Cockburn

Steve Cockburn is Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International, and manages the organisation’s global work on the death penalty, arms sales and migrant labour rights. He is involved in LCHR in a personal capacity.

He previously spent eight years in West Africa, leading Amnesty’s research across the region on issues ranging from conflict in Cameroon to freedom of expression in Gambia, as well as managing Oxfam’s regional policy and campaigns work. He is also a Trustee of Transparency International UK. Steve studied International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham, Development Management at LSE, and Politics at the University of Edinburgh.


Non-Executive Director – Thomas McNeil 

Tom is the Strategic Adviser to Labour’s Police & Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands: advising on policy, strategy, law and operations. Before his current role, Tom was working as a qualified lawyer, specialising in charity law, after a stint working in commercial practice. Tom also has considerable experience working with the third sector and with public services, outside of his main job. He has also stood in two general elections for the Labour Party.


Non-Executive Director – Simon Sapper


Simon has 30 years’ experience as a senior national trade union official in the postal, telecommunications, and facilities management sectors. He has served on government and industry regulatory bodies associated with legal services, media, and local government. He is currently a member of Liberty’s Executive Council and a trustee of both Unions21 and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Simon also runs the Loudshirts blog and tweets at @simonsapper.

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights Ltd is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company number: 08647264. Registered office: 66 South Street, Taunton, England, TA1 3AF. We are a not-for-profit organisation.